PNP301 - Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I

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Subject Title
Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse I

Subject Description
This course will be an introduction to human disease and will focus on the fundamental principles of homeostatic mechanisms. The student will explore how alterations in homeostatic mechanisms will disrupt the integrity of human function. Overall, the mechanisms of disease will be studied in a systems format and will be considered for the effect that they produce on the structure and function of the body. Common diseases will be used to illustrate the biological concepts of pathophysiology.

Credit Status
Successful completion of this course provides one credit towards the Practical Nursing Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Describe the principles of homeostasis, compensation and adaptation and how the pathophysiologic processes that result in disease affect the human body
  2. Demonstrate systematic inquiry of disease.
  3. Explain the links between the clinical manifestations and diagnostic tests of common diseases and the underlying pathophysiological processes
  4. Recognize abnormal assessment outcomes when relating to dysfunctions of an organ or body system.
  5. Apply the critical thinking process and problem solving skills when considering the effects of disease on the structure and functioning of the body.
  6. Apply knowledge of medical etymology to the comprehension of terms describing pathophysiological conditions.
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies
 Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem solving skills
 Demonstrates knowledge in nursing health and social sciences.
 Formulates clinical judgments that are consistent with clients’ needs and priorities by responding to changing situations that affect client’s health and safety.

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